Absa Premiership

Desperate times for Pirates

Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows will both be desperate for victory when they return to Absa Premiership action in Soweto after a three-week break. 

Between them, the two sides have not won in 10 league games - five apiece - with the home team's previous win dating back to mid-September.

It was the same time that the visitors also last won a game, although Abafana Bes’thende have somehow managed to stay in second place on the standings.

The Buccaneers, though, have been in free-fall and find themselves in seventh position.

Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is not reading anything into Pirates’ form and is wary of the threat they pose.

"I've said all along that this is a very impressive Orlando Pirates team and I really like what I see of them," he said.

"They've dominated almost every game so far this season and we’ll really have to be guarded against them." 

Another worrying factor for Arrows is their record against Pirates. They have won just six times in 38 meetings, but did win the previous league meeting last season.

On the injury front, Thabo Matlaba and Thamsanqa Gabuza are both injury doubts, although they are not expected to be risked. Mthokozisi Dube and Innocent Maela are definitely out.

For Arrows, Danny Phiri is a long-term casualty and only expected to be back in the new year, with Sibusiso Sibeko due back in two weeks.

Kick off is at 19:30.

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